What’s SUP This Month? | Top-5 February Paddling Events

Contenders dig hard during last year's Hal Rosoff Classic. Photo courtesy of Newport Aquatic Center
Contenders dig hard during last year’s Hal Rosoff Classic. Photo courtesy of Newport Aquatic Center

What’s SUP This Month?

Five standup paddle competitions coming up in February

Despite cold weather on the East Coast and El Niño hitting the West, some fun SUP events and competitions are coming up this February. Whether you’re in racing-shape or struggling from off-season sluggishness, these lighthearted events give us an early opportunity to find our competitive rhythm and, if you’re up for it, race with some of the best in the world. Better start training! —Shari Coble

20th Annual Hal Rosoff Classic
February 6, 2016
Newport Beach, California

Paddlers from across California descend upon the Newport Aquatic Center (NAC) every February for the Annual Hal Rosoff Classic. The race takes competitors through Newport Beach's scenic Back Bay and Newport Beach Harbor on a 4.5-mile short course and 5.5-mile long course, with spectators able to watch the start and finish from the NAC. Kids also have the opportunity to race a 1000m mini race in the Back Bay. The event is open to outriggers, kayaks, prone paddleboards, K1's, C1's and SUP, with proceeds benefitting the NAC junior outrigger program.
Race fee: $25 single race; $30 both races

Paddlers take to the still waters of the Salton Sea, location of the North Shore Xtreme. Photo courtesy of Aaron Black-Schmidt
Paddlers take to the still waters of California’s Salton Sea, location of the North Shore Xtreme. Photo courtesy of Aaron Black-Schmidt

North Shore Xtreme
February 12-14, 2016
Salton Sea, Mecca, California

The non-profit organization, SEAthletes, is hosting a weekend of competitive and non-competitive racing for the entire family on California's Salton Sea. The "Lowest Paddle Race in the World" is open to OC1, OC2, OC6, SUP, prone paddleboard, and surfski, offering a competitive 5-mile short course in addition to a 10-mile long course on Saturday, followed by 'The Salton Sea Scramble,' a non-competitive team/partner race on either the short or long course. Saturday wraps up with paddle time for the kids, whether experienced or new to paddle sports, followed by a luau, awards and dancing. Sunday features early-morning yoga, hikes around the Salton Sea, and a fun, non-competitive paddle open to all crafts.
Race fee: $40, unlimited participation

Photo courtesy of PC Paddle Classic
Photo courtesy of PC Paddle Classic

PC Paddle Classic
February 13, 2016
Lynn Haven, Florida

A 30-mile fundraiser race to show appreciation for families who have autistic family members, the PC Paddle Classic was designed to not only be challenging, also to require teamwork. Teams of two to four paddlers (or solo paddlers, too!) will race out of St. Andrews Bay and head through the Panama City Beach Pass, before circling the Northern second Entrance (Green) Buoy and navigating back to the Bailey Bridge for the finish.  This year's event benefits Florida State University’s Early Childhood Autism Program.
Race fee: $200

Photo courtesy of PADDLE! the Florida Keys, Midwinters in Florida
Photo courtesy of PADDLE! the Florida Keys, Midwinters in Florida

Midwinters in Paradise Race
February 13, 2016
Tavernier, Florida

The second race in the Fastest in Florida Series offers Open and Elite racing divisionson a 2-mile short course and 5-mile long course, with 12'6 and 14' board classes offred. The event also features kids races, followed by a party on the beach, complete with beer and wine.
Race fee: $50

Photo courtesy of Lanakila/ C. Silvester
Photo courtesy of Lanakila/ C. Silvester

Lanakila Classic
February 20, 2016
Redondo Beach, California

An annual event with three races (two offered for SUP) and hundreds of competitors gearing up for the spring racing season. Race a 1000-meter sprint, 5-mile short course or 9-mile long course (OC1, OC2 and surfskis only) with some of the West Coast's top paddle athletes.
Race fee: $5/1000-meter sprint; $25 single race, $30 two races

More events. Full 2016 calendar coming soon!